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Security researchers from China have outlined a new attack dubbed BadPower that can alter the firmware of fast chargers to cause damage to power systems of connected devices. Using the technique, the researchers say they can melt components or potentially set devices on fire. BadPower was detailed last week in a report published by Xuanwu Lab, which is a research unit of Chinese tech giant Tencent. BadPower works by corrupting the firmware of fast chargers, which are a newer type charger developed in the last few years that enables battery of smartphones and laptops to be topped off in rapid fashion. One key difference between regular chargers and a fast charger is the firmware inside the... Read more...